The U.S. House of Representatives today passed legislation to honor our nation's veterans, announced Bob Filner (D-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. This week marks the annual "National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans" and the Members of the House passed a resolution to commemorate the observance. The House of Representatives passed the following legislation:
-H.R. 4169 - The American Braille Flag Memorial Act, to authorize the placement of an American Braille tactile flag in Arlington National Cemetery honoring blind members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and other Americans
-H.Res. 963 - Supporting the goals and ideals of National Salute to Hospitalized Veterans Week
-H.Res. 790 - Commending the people of the State of Washington for showing their support for the needs of the State of Washington's veterans and encouraging residents of other States to pursue creative ways to show their own support for veterans
"Today, the House of Representatives joined with all Americans to offer a national salute to hospitalized and injured veterans," said Chairman Filner. "This Congress is working to keep the promises that have been made to our veterans, not just in words, but in our actions. We provided increased funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs to improve health care, prosthetic research, access to mental health care and rehabilitation. We have fought to ensure that any planned military action is accompanied by a commitment for health care for all our veterans. Although we can never adequately thank our veterans for their service to our nation, today we humbly saluted these heroes for their sacrifice."